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2chiefsRus

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Posted: 07/11/18 06:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have spent 36 nights at Wal-Marts since we went full time in 2007. If we are traveling from Point A to Point B on our way to Point C, we will typically pull into a WalMart for the night. In my opinion it makes more sense for us to pull into a Walmart to restock our supplies on our way to Point C. We don't have to unhook the toad to drive to a store, we don't disturb the rest of a campground when we pull in later in the evening and then again when we leave early in the morning. Not every situation is the same.

In fact, one of the best stories that our grandsons remember from a three week trip to Yellowstone was spending the night in a WalMart in Montana. It is a cuter story when a 7 year old tells it to his Mom over the phone call back home but it goes something like this -

Everybody got to get whatever they wanted at the deli for dinner and it was only $20! Then we got hiking sticks and new hiking shoes and snacks and flashlights and matching ball caps, and everything! And we got a movie from the Redbox that we can watch in the parking lot. And Mom, we're getting donuts in the morning!

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If you just need a place to crash for the night before moving on in the morning, that is the intent.

People do abuse it. We've seen the same RV in the same spot for a week or more.

If you are going to stay in an area for weeks, check out the RV park long term rates. It's often drastically cheaper than the nightly price...

And you won't be ruining it for others when the authorities end parking because people are living in the parking lot and the local citizens don't like it.


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lee worsdell wrote:

stayed many times ,I do put my slides out only way to get to my bedroom. We do shop their also. I try to find the furthest spot so iam not taking parking spaces up that customers would use.


When we have a 'travel day' where we often drive to after 8 PM and plan to leave first thing next morning, then I see the attraction of Walmart or other RV friendly businesses. A CG has nothing except for a place to park in that situation for us. And getting in late can be a PITA in many CG.

Most Walmarts seem to be located in reasonably safe spots. Of course we aren't going to be found in urban Detroit or East St Louis. The only Walmart that I saw that looked potentially unsafe was one in Homestead FL where the store had a prominent supply of off duty cops doing guard duty.


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I must disagree with the majority of posters to this topic.
Wal-Mart has made it known that they welcome RV'rs to park overnight. (park, not camp) Those locations that do not always have signage posted in the parking lot saying otherwise. Parking at Wal-Mart overnight means park in the outer areass, arrive later, leave early. Slides out is always and option as many MH's are not accesable without the slides out.
In our frequent travels we have regularily stopped at Wal-Mart for an overnight stay. We do select those in safer areas, avoid those in others. We always end up shopping. We always check ahead of time on our "RVParky" app to see if parking is allowed.
We have never had an issue.

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In my opinion arrive at night get some rest and leave out in the morning to your next destination. It is a place to get a little rest and not a campground. If people abuse this it will be taken away.


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I think there is a difference between stopping at Walmart to get some sleep before another day of driving and stopping at Walmart for several nights to go sightseeing.

If your plan is to sightsee for several days, then find a campground/RV park.

If cost is an issue, then check out freecampsites.com, etc. There are a lot of legitimate options out there.

While you may get away with doing it, it WILL result in more communities and/or Walmarts banning overnighting in parking lots. Then you lose that option when you really need it.


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SidecarFlip wrote:

old guy wrote:

One night was all I wanted in wal mart. some nut kept driving around the parking lot with his load muffler and car


There seems to always be some altercation going on at our local Walmart. My wife calls it 'punch out at Wally World'. goes on weekly. Not sure if it's drug related or what but certainly not a good place to set up shop at.


Local Walmart got so bad had to escort her In/Out when she went there.
I do NOT enjoy having to provide 'security'

Cops ended up in a shoot out with a vagabond family that had set up in parking lot, panhandling/intimidating/threatening folks.
One of the low-lifes was shot and killed

Town council immediately passed a 'No parking/Loitering Ordinance'
With it cops then had a 'legal tool' to move folks along
Seemed like overnight the whole atmosphere in area changed.
Love it!!

No more 'stealth camping' and cops are proactive ----good for shoppers, good for citizens, good for businesses----not so good for scum. YEAH!


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For the vast majority of RVers who do utilize Walmart and other RV friendly businesses on their way to their final destination, it is simply to travel later into the night and leave promptly at daylight.

It's been a few years since we have had to stay at a Walmart overnight but we did several times as we were RVing with our kids and had to make time due to limited days off from work or school.

We've also used truck stops, rest stops, and churches to name a few others. Now with the kids all grown and out of the house, the only locations we overnight are casinos which my DW loves.

As for extending out slides we did it when we were along an edge where they couldn't be obtrusive to other vehicles, when it was hot we would run our onboard generator to cool our rig for a few hours of shut-eye.

I never fret what others think, and certainly do not pay heed to their silly notions about saving a park fee, overnighting is a viable option for those attempting to get somewhere in a hurry and nothing more.

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

SidecarFlip wrote:

old guy wrote:

One night was all I wanted in wal mart. some nut kept driving around the parking lot with his load muffler and car


There seems to always be some altercation going on at our local Walmart. My wife calls it 'punch out at Wally World'. goes on weekly. Not sure if it's drug related or what but certainly not a good place to set up shop at.


Local Walmart got so bad had to escort her In/Out when she went there.
I do NOT enjoy having to provide 'security'

Cops ended up in a shoot out with a vagabond family that had set up in parking lot, panhandling/intimidating/threatening folks.
One of the low-lifes was shot and killed

Town council immediately passed a 'No parking/Loitering Ordinance'
With it cops then had a 'legal tool' to move folks along
Seemed like overnight the whole atmosphere in area changed.
Love it!!

No more 'stealth camping' and cops are proactive ----good for shoppers, good for citizens, good for businesses----not so good for scum. YEAH!


At the same time, store management could have gone to the local cops and complained about these people, especially the harassing part, and the cops =could= have rousted them out...had they really wanted to. Yes, it would have been harder without a specific ordinance, but it could have been done. Hell, they could have complained about them trespassing, simple as that. Cops still could have been proactive about it by rousting people, telling them to move along, then having the manager file a trespassing complaint if the low-lifes continued to hang around.

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At the same time, store management could have gone to the local cops and complained about these people, especially the harassing part, and the cops =could= have rousted them out...had they really wanted to. Yes, it would have been harder without a specific ordinance, but it could have been done. Hell, they could have complained about them trespassing, simple as that. Cops still could have been proactive about it by rousting people, telling them to move along, then having the manager file a trespassing complaint if the low-lifes continued to hang around.

Lyle


And they DID.....over and over
Until the shoot out!

NOW us law abiding citizens do NOT have to put up with the low-lifes

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